The typical roars and growls heard at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo are joined by more familiar woofs and meows during Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo, one of the largest animal adoption events in the area.
Dozens of animal rescue organizations will be on hand at the Zoo's Ticket Plaza with more than 100 adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
More than 750 pets have been adopted through the event since its start in 2001. All dogs and cats will have received a medical check-up and age-appropriate vaccination. Each participating rescue group sets its own adoption fees and policies.
The Zoo also will be collecting aluminum cans during the event as part of its ongoing Cans for Conservation drive. Proceeds raised by recycling the cans will benefit conservation dog programs in Africa that use Anatolian shepherds and other breeds to keep predators away from livestock, and help authorities track poachers and locate smuggled ivory and rhino horns.
Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo takes place under tents, outside the Zoo on the Ticket Plaza, and is free. For health and safety reasons, visitors should leave their current pets at home.
Northeast Ohio's most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $12.25 per person, $8.25 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480.
For more information, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.